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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

3D images now have a photo-realistic qualityTexprocess 2015: Software solutions enhance speed and visibility 22 May 2015

Tools for improved colour communication, 3D design and prototyping, and the integration of key business functions were unveiled at the recent Texprocess trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. And faster time-to-market, better quality, lower cost and increased productivity are among the benefits.

Texprocess & Techtextil 2015: Material innovations 22 May 2015

A number of new eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that only offer more sustainable choices for clothing and footwear were on show at this month's Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. Waterborne polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics, thermoregulating fibres, and re-engineered wool-based yarns were among the highlights.

Kering is putting a monetary value on the ecological impact across its operations Supply chain weighs on Kering environmental footprint 21 May 2015

Luxury goods group Kering is taking an innovative approach to understanding – and changing – the environmental footprint of its business by putting a monetary value on the ecological impact racked up across its operations and global supply chain.

Tanzania is targeting exports of around $50m a year on an FOB basis, within two to three yearsSOURCING: Tanzania adds to Africa’s apparel sourcing mix 20 May 2015

Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda are all ramping up their efforts to put Africa on the apparel sourcing map with a range of policies designed to encourage mills, manufacturers and buyers to invest. But another country vying for a slice of the action is Tanzania, with ambitions to offer the best overall package in Africa.

AGOA delays drag on sourcing decisions 20 May 2015

Groups representing apparel and footwear manufacturers, brands, and retailers in the US and Africa are urging the quick renewal of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – warning that delays in its passage are dragging on sourcing decisions.

Carlos Arias to join Winds Group as CEO 20 May 2015

Apparel industry veteran and denim wear specialist Carlos Arias is to take up a new post as chief executive officer of Winds Group, an athletic wear supplier headquartered in Hong Kong.

EU and Turkey to update customs union 20 May 2015

The European Union (EU) and Turkey are to modernise their 20-year-old customs union and look at ways to enhance bilateral trade ties between the two regions.

True-to-life 3D digital samples are finally coming of age - as shown by the new Optitex O/15Texprocess 2015: Where next for 3D design and prototyping? 18 May 2015

There’s no doubt 3D design and virtual prototyping is a potential disruptor to the traditional way the apparel industry does business, from sampling and pattern making to the creation of 3D digital catalogues and a range of customer-centric services. And with it, comes debate on how the tools are re-writing the rules.

(From Left) William McRaith, chief supply chain officer of PVH Corp, presents the award to Ranga Ranmadugala, CEO of Brandix Apparel Solutions Limited (BASL) – Essentials & Brandix Apparel India (Plants 1 & 2. Also pictured are Rajiv Malalasekera, CEO of BASL – Lingerie; M Raghuraman, CEO, corporate marketing & branding at Brandix; and Mark Green, executive vice president, PVH Corp.Brandix named PVH ‘Global Supplier of the Year’ 18 May 2015

One of the world’s largest apparel companies has named Sri Lanka’s Brandix Group as its Global Supplier of the Year across all product categories represented by its global vendor base.

Senate votes to debate US trade bills 15 May 2015

Just days after stalling efforts to debate a number of US trade bills, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to pass a package that will renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and trade preferences for Haiti.

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